Famed Los Angeles restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has named Locol as The Los Angeles Times' Restaurant of the Year. “The choice was inevitable,” says Gold. “No restaurant in years may have made more of a difference.” This is the award's first year and Locol’s selection stands in opposition to New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells’ scorching zero star review of the restaurant from earlier this year.
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Locol was founded in 2016 by chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson as part of a mission to bring affordable, sustainable and nutritious food to urban centers where fresh food was not readily available. While Locol’s first location in Watts, a neighborhood in south central Los Angeles, is still losing money, Choi and Patterson continue to expand their operation, which now includes a branch in Oakland, a food truck, a bakery and a coffee company that supplies Locol with beans to produce quality brew for only $1 per cup.